Natashia Tidwell

Natashia Tidwell

Counsel
Boston

Email natashia.tidwell@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 617 371 1076

Fax +1 617 371 1037

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Natashia Tidwell brings a strong background spanning law enforcement, academia, and federal prosecution to the firm. Her hands-on crisis management experience positions her perfectly to help clients coordinate and navigate their response to alleged misconduct, whether by leading a robust internal investigation or by representing individuals and companies in government enforcement actions.

In addition to her work in white collar criminal and civil litigation matters, Natashia's practice includes a significant civil rights component, both in the education and law enforcement space. She is a seasoned investigator who applies her specialized knowledge of police misconduct investigations to her work as the federal monitor overseeing implementation of reforms following a DOJ civil rights investigation in Ferguson, Mo. and as a lead subject matter consultant for the Newark, N.J. police department monitoring team.

Natashia's work in the education sector includes internal investigations of bias-based incidents in secondary schools, Title IX investigations, and civil litigation matters alleging state and federal constitutional violations.

She began her legal career as a federal prosecutor in both the Department of Justice (DOJ) Public Integrity Section and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Natashia handled a wide variety of investigations, enforcement proceedings, and trials related to conspiracy, extortion, narcotics, and organized crime. At DOJ, she prosecuted and supervised investigations of serious misconduct by public officials throughout the United States and its territories.

Natashia's interest in the law took root before she became a lawyer, while serving as a police officer with the Cambridge, Mass. police department. During her tenure, she rose through the ranks to become the first female lieutenant in the department's history. Her many assignments included several years as a detective in the Internal Affairs Division, where she investigated civilian complaints of police misconduct, excessive force including a police-involved shooting, as well as allegations of criminal conduct against members of the department.

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., New England School of Law, summa cum laude, 2003

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1999

Memberships

Boston Bar Association, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, 2018-2019 Co-Chair

Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

Massachusetts

Representative experience

Serves as lead monitor in Ferguson, Mo., overseeing implementation of reforms following DOJ Civil Rights pattern and practice investigation.

Part of team selected by the Massachusetts State Senate Ethics Committee to lead investigation of alleged sexual assault and harassment by spouse of former Senate President.

Represented CEO of leading healthcare provider in qui tam investigation of alleged fraudulent Medicare scheme.

Secured the convictions of two sitting state court judges and a prominent local trial attorney following a months-long bribery and conspiracy trial.*

Supervised bribery investigation of congressional official and high-level staffers ultimately securing guilty pleas to federal conspiracy and honest services fraud charges.*

Counsel in multi-defendant conspiracy, extortion, and narcotic trials. Managed asset forfeiture proceedings following laundering and crimes prosecution.*

Supervised drug trafficking, racketeering, and organized crime-related investigations through grand jury, cooperating witnesses, and electronic surveillance.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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